This book looks at the changes that caused the crisis in the study of class and shows how new, vibrant theories have appeared that will drive forward our understanding of history and sociology. Dworkin traces contemporary understanding of social class and argues that claims about its lack of importance in modern society are incorrect. He works to discuss its status as an explanatory concept for historians, sociologists and those studying culture. In doing so, he examines contemporary discussions and debates to assess the position of class now and through history.